BREXIT – Possible Outcomes for Citizens [Updated 15/02/2019]

On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On 16 January the UK prime minister survived a no confidence vote. A debate and vote on the government’s “plan B”, and on amendments to it, was held on 29 January 2019, with no more clarity as a result.

While the article 50 process means that, as things stand, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019, with or without a ratified deal, there are several ways that no-deal Brexit may be averted before then.

Here we look at possible outcomes for EU and British citizens, especially in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

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PHILIPPINES – No Visa Stickers Available for Temporary Visitors

The Bureau of Immigration has issued a “Note With Recommendation” warning that it has run out of the visa stickers that are usually issued for the extension of temporary visitor or 9(a) visas (“TV Sticker”).

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PHILIPPINES – No Visa Stickers Available for Temporary Visitors

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.

UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Originally intended to last until 10 September 2018, USCIS now expects the expanded suspensions to last until 19 February 2019.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

THAILAND – Single Window system for work permits and visas implemented early

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) now requires BOI-promoted companies applying for work permits or long-term visas at the Bangkok One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC), or in Chiang Mai or Phuket, to submit applications via its new Single Window online system for streamlined initial and renewal work permit and visa applications.

The implementation date was brought forward from 2 October 2018 to 31 July 2018. In all other provinces, applications must still be made with hardcopy supporting documents and old-style work permit booklets will still be issued.

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UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

On 28 June 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum providing guidance on Executive Order 13768 on the enhancement of public safety through immigration policies. The policy, originally intended to take effect by 28 July 2018, will now be implemented once operational guidance has been issued.

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UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

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INDIA – E-Services Extended Nationally to All FRROs

Effective immediately, India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has rolled out nationally its new [https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/home.jsp~e-FRRO]] system for online visa-related services.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Policy on Adjudication of Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

On 23 October 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cancelled policy guidelines in effect since April 2004, regarding requests for the extension of certain non-immigrant visas (i.e. visa petitions filed using Form I-129).

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Policy on Adjudication of Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Littler.